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MUMBAI CITY GUIDE

destinationsInfo about India
mumbai location map
  
   Population   
21.000.000 (2005)
   Area   
603 km2
  
   Average Temperature °C   
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   Geography    
Mumbai bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west lies at the mouth of the Ulhas River on the western coast of India. It sits on Salsette Island.
   Climate   
From November to February : The winter months, best time to visit Mumbai, generally dry and sunny
From March to June: The summer season , Smog is at its worst in March
From June to September : Monsoon season with heavy rainfall

   Museums of Mumbai   
museumMumbai museums
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly The Prince of Wales Museum) :This Indo-Saracenic style building was founded in 1914 to commemorate the visit of (eventual King of the United Kingdom) George V. It was designed by George Wittet and it houses a priceless collection of art, sculpture and miniature painting,.tuffed animals

Mani Bhavan Ghandi Museum: The former home of Mahatma Gandhi,between 1917 and 1934: a 3 storied Gujarati-style house featuring a rich library, books, periodicals, photographs related to Gandhi.

Veermata Jeejamata Udyan: Bhau Daji Lad Museum (Victoria and Albert Museum) with Archaeological finds , 6,000 artifacts and 4,000 books . It is surrounded with Botanical Gardens established in 1863. There is also Mumbai's zoo in this complex.

FD Alpaiwalla Museum: Set up in 1952 Mumbai's only community museum

Nehru Planetarium: large domed building designed by J.M. Kadri, in the heart of south Mumbai at about 1000 feet above the sea level.

  
   Historical places   
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - Victoria Terminus
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - Victoria Terminus
photo by lotuspatch - flickr.com


palace Palaces :
The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower : located opposite the Gateway of India in Mumbai , it faces the harbor.

tower Towers & fortress :
The Madh Fort:Located near Aksa Beach was built by the Portuguese and used as a watchtower in the 17th century.
Rajabai Clock Tower (1878) the five storied 280 feet tall tower .Its height is 30 feet and is located at the premises of Mumbai University.


big cityBuildings:
the walls of Fort St. George
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus): Baroque, cathedral-like building built in 1887
The Mumbai High Court building : Designed by Colonel Fuller in 1878, a fusion of Venetian Gothic style and traditional Indian style of architecture
Old Colonial Buildings: The Portuguese buildings inside the Fort are in ruins, the oldest colonial building in Mumbai is St. Thomas cathedral ( 1725 )

Mani Bhavan: A research library, a photo exhibit of Mahatma Gandhi's life, and other memorabilia.

Town Hall: :designed by Col. Thomas Cowper





getaway-of-india
Getaway of India
photo by Friar's Balsam - flickr.com
monument Monuments :
Gateway of India designed by George Wittet to commemorate George V and Queen Mary's visit to India in 1911. It is located along the waterfront, the Gateway of India is a large monument opened in 1924. The surrounding green space

The Global Vipassana Pagoda : a monument of peace and harmony in Gorai


Mumbai Municipal Corporation Building: 1893 The municipal buildings designed by Mr. F.W. Stevens are a wonderful combination of Venetian Gothic and Indo-Saracenic styles.

Crawford Market founded by the Municipal Commissioner Arthur Crawford,(1865 to 1871). Today it is renamed as "Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market"

fountainFountain:
Flora Fountain 19th century, built to the honor of Sir Bartle Frere, next to another monument that honors the soldiers who died protecting the state, leading to the square being renamed Hutatma Chowk .

temple Temples :
The Dargah Sharief is built on a tiny islet located 500 meters from the coast, in the middle of Worli Bay, in the vicinity of Worli

The Siddhivinayaka Temple,built in 1801 by Vithu Patil, is located in Titwala ,75 km outside of Mumbai. It is one of the most respected temples of Ganesha is also in Titwala.
Balbulnath Temple in the heart of south Mumbai at about 1000 feet above the sea Level.
Mumbadevi Temple
Jain Temple

mosque Mosques :
The Haji Ali Dargah is both a mosque and a tomb located in south-western Mumbai, on an islet off the coast of Worli. (1431)

church Churches :
St. Michael's Churchbuilt in the early 16th century is the oldest catholic church in Mumbai.

  
   Airports   
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport : located 29km north of Mumbai

  
   Parks   
Borivali national park also known as Sanjay Gandhi National Park : 110 sq. km protected area on the northern outskirts of Mumbai
Hanging Gardens on Malabar
Kamla Nehru Park
the Mumbai Port Trust Garden ( in South Mumbai )
Nirvana Park located in locality of Hiranandani The city zoo (Veermata Jijabai Udyan) in Byculla
  
   Beaches   
mumbai marine drive
Marine drive
photo by Ravikiran - wikitravel.org
Girgaon Chowpaty in South Mumbai, in the Marine Drive area of Mumbai
Juhu beach in the western suburbs , the camel ride is possible.
Gorai Beach adjoins the village of Gorai in the northwest of Mumbai.
Marve Beach lies in Malad's western suburb
Aksa Beach



  
   Events   
The Mumbai International Film Festival
The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an exhibition of a world of arts in the fields of music, dance, theatre, and films ( December/ January )
Bandra Fair, to commemorate the Nativity of Mary, mother of Jesus, on 8 September
Mumbai Wine Fest ( February )

Elephanta Festival the festival of music and dance at Elephanta Caves ( March )
Nariel Purnima coconut day. This day falls in August. The coconut must be broken on the boats so that fishermen can have a good year
Diwali celebrated on the 13th day of the month of Ashwin (October or November). This festival of lights is a symbol of victory over the spiritual darkness.
The Banganga Festival is a two-day music festival, held annually in the month of January
Maharashtra Day on 1 May, to celebrate the formation of Maharashtra state on 1 May 1960
Gudi Padwa New Year's Day for Marathi people. The celebration is on the first day of Chaitra ( March or April ).
Popular Festivals:
Holi, Eid, Christmas, Navratri, Good Friday, Dussera, Moharram, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja and Maha Shivratri


Religious festivals

Janmashtami Birth Anniversary of Lord Krishna. (July / August)
Ramadan Muslim festival marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birthday of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom and prosperity. 10 day celebration. ( August / September )
Mt. Mary's Feast The feast in honor of Our Lady of the Mount is celebrated with great solemnity at St. Mary's Church, Bandra. ( September )
Navratri a 10 day festival ( September )
Diwali Festival of Lights. Start of New Year and opening of new accounts. ( Ocober / November )
Christmas (December)
Khotachiwadi Festival


  
   Entertainement & Culture   
mumbai nehru centre
Nehru Centre
photo by wikitravel.org
Bollywood: Largest film producer in India based in Mumbai , Maharashtra, India. Its name is derived from Bombay (the former name for Mumbai) and Hollywood. These studios are located away from city life, in the vicinity of Aarey Colony in Goregaon.It is only open for admission with prior permission.

The National Gallery of Modern Art includes a collection of pieces from contemporary Indian artists as well as ancient Egyptian artifacts and selected works of Pablo Picasso.
Nehru Centre Art Gallery at Worli, a gallery dedicated to young and promising talent along with established artists.
Nehru Science Centre , exhibition on science related exhibits highlighting science Jehangir Art Gallery
Asiatic Society of Bombay one of the oldest public libraries in the city
Prithvi Gallery

  
   Attractions   
Dhobi Ghat: World's largest laundromat - washing area : row upon row of open-air concrete wash pens
Taraporewala Aquarium : exotic marine life and rare species of fish
Elephanta Caves: Rockcut dwelling 533-566 AD named as Elephanta by the Portuguese, because of the large stone elephant on its shore. It is located on the Elephanta Island ,11 kilometres from Mumbai.

  
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